“Customers are coming!!! Act cute, girls!”
“I’ll just stay here. They won’t choose me anyway.”
“Why are you being so pessimistic? That attitude made them avoid you!”
“I’m not being pessimistic, I’m being reasonable. Just look at me! I’m too pale, I have no nails, and the worst is I am rotting.”
“I understand but don’t make it worst by looking all depressed.”
“Just leave me alone!”
“ah…today is bad for business. No one picked us. Let’s have some beauty sleep while there is no customer around! We have to look cute again before the shop closed”
“Ha…ha…You who always avoid customers suddenly become a customer radar. Yeah, right!”
“Oh…hello there! Your eyes are so beautiful looking at me like that. Would you like to come home with me?”
“I’d love to! You are the company I want to spend the rest of my life with.”
Total 150 words!
…and that’s how Kroten ended up as my second turtle😉
Mel U at The Reading Life told me about a short story by Indonesian writer where the story is composed only with dialogue (you can read the story here). I was tempted to do something like that ever since I read it but no idea seemed to come up…till today.
I tried to imagine what the turtles in the petshop were talking about…one of them is my poor Kroten with all her deficiencies.
I wrote 2 flash at the same time, this one is about my dearest turtle, Kroten. That’s why I published it here.
I wrote another one at Polychrome Interest (my own blog) about DOOR.
Here’s an excerpt from Secret Door:
I couldn’t remember when the first time my mom told me never to come near the door in the basement, let alone open it. I never asked her why, I just obliged.
In total, I had written 3 flashes. The first one is a bit like poem called Unrequited Desire (also about Kroten)
Please let me know what you think. I gladly accept all critics🙂